Jorge Prado and Mattia Guadagnini conquered the Loket circuit and their opposition to top the MX1 and MX2 podiums respectively at the MXGP of Czech Republic
In the opening MXGP race of the day, it was Jorge Prado who took his fourth Holeshot of the season and led the race ahead of Tim Gajser, Ben Watson and Glenn Coldenhoff, who were ahead of Romain Febvre. Meanwhile, Ivo Monticelli had a shocker of a start, as he hit the start gate and took a while to get going.
Throughout the race, Prado and Gajser kept things closed and remained within one a half seconds of one another, while Watson was having a great ride in third ahead of his teammates.
As the race progressed though, Watson was coming under immense pressure from the guys behind him, as he lost on positions to Coldenhoff, Febvre, Seewer and Antonio Cairoli who passed the Brit on lap nine.
Watson then lost another position to Pauls Jonass who was fighting his way well inside the top ten, though a couple of laps later, the Latvian had a bike problem which forced him to DNF the race.
With a couple of laps to go, Gajser was starting to push more to take the win from the #61 of Prado, though it was not enough as the Spaniard secured the race win ahead of the Honda rider, with Febvre finishing third ahead of Coldenhoff and Seewer.
As the gate dropped for race two, it was once again Prado who led the way with another Fox Holeshot under his belt. Though his teammate, Cairoli wasted no time to take away the lead and get himself in front.
The two factory KTM’s were followed by Seewer, Coldenhoff and Gajser, as Monticelli had a much better start in the race and was running in sixth place.
Gajser then muscled past Coldenhoff for fourth position and then started to apply the pressure onto Seewer who managed to catch onto the back of Prado.
Three laps later after getting into fourth place, Gajser crashed out and had to head into pitlane to fix the clutch lever that was jammed in his handguard. The Slovenian re-joined the race way down the order in around 30th and had a long way to go to get back up to 15th where he finished the race.
Seewer then took second from Prado as Cairoli continued to lead, all while SS24 KTM rider Shaun Simpson was having a mega ride in sixth position.
Calvin Vlaanderen was searching for a way around Simpson, though made a small mistake that sent him over the bars with just a few laps left to go. He didn’t finish the race.
Febvre was looking good as he got Alessandro Lupino for eighth and set his sights on higher positions, though not long after crashed out and finished the race in 10th.
In the end, it was Cairoli who secured his third race win of the season, with Seewer second, Prado third with Coldenhoff and Monticelli rounding out the top five.
In terms of the podium, it was Jorge Prado who won the overall Grand Prix, with Antonio Cairoli second on the box, continuing his podium streak, with Jeremy Seewer getting his first podium finish of the season.
While Gajser lost valuable points today, he still leads the championship by 11 points ahead of Cairoli and Prado, as the pair move up the rankings.
“I gave everything I had,” Prado said. “So, it was a great weekend. You know I am getting every weekend better and better. This second race was very rough for me, just physically was tough. You know just to hold on to the bike was difficult, so I just did my best, tried to ride it smoothly and not make any mistakes, which was very difficult on a track like this. But you know, first win of the season, first race win of the season as well. I can’t ask for more”.
“It was not the start of the season that I expected, I expected to be better, I had small things that I needed to put together but it’s nothing too crazy and we are working on it, so I think we’re heading in the right direction as you can see this weekend, next one is Lommel, good memories, so let’s go forward”.
Tim Gajser explained what went wrong with his day.
“I’m okay. The first race was good, I was quite happy with it,” The Championship leader said. “The second race, I had a good start and made some quick passes in the beginning and then the third or fourth lap I just landed, and the bike went sideways so I had a big one. Obviously, some bad luck because my clutch lever went into the hand guard so I couldn’t really use the clutch and had to go to pitlane. In the end I re-joined the race but managed to save some points as I came back to fifteenth. Obviously, I’m disappointed but that’s how it is, and it happens so we move forward”
“Last year changed a lot. Obviously before when we went to Lommel I wasn’t so great there but in the last two years we put in a lot of work in the sand to improve myself a little bit and I’m looking forward to going there. Of course, I don’t train there at all but I like the track and I will do my best”.
In the first MX2 race, it was Mattia Guadagnini who took the Fox Holeshot ahead of Australian Wilson Todd and Tom Vialle.
Another Australian in Jed Beaton and Kay De Wolf had a good start in the race, as they were running fourth and sixth, with Ruben Fernandez in between the pair.
Beaton was eventually able to get around his compatriot Todd for third, while the championship leader, Maxime Renaux was struggling down in 17th.
De Wolf then caught onto the back of Todd as he went after top positions and by lap, the youngster was ahead of the Aussie.
Renaux then managed to fight his way inside the top 10, as he went after his teammate Thibault Benistant, with Roan Van De Moosdijk lurking in the background.
Guadagnini continued to lead the race, as Vialle closed in ever so slightly with the pair keeping a healthy two to three-second gap throughout the race.
Jago Geerts didn’t have the best opening race, as he struggled outside the top 10, to eventually finish the race in 12th.
In the end it was Guadagnini who managed to keep Vialle at bay to win the race, while Vialle secured a positive result after his injury struggles to finish second ahead of Beaton, Fernandez and Renaux, with De Wolf dropping to sixth.
In the second race, it was Benistant who grabbed the second Fox Holeshot ahead of Rene Hofer, Renaux, Guadagnini, Geerts and Fernandez.
Meanwhile, Vialle and other riders got caught up in a crash on the start, with the Frenchman carrying on for eight laps before crashing once again and retiring from the race.
Also having a tough start was Beaton and De Wolf as they sat down in 10th and 13th, eventually managing to get up to 8th and 9th by the end of the race – not the result they were probably hoping for after the success of race one.
Benistant continued to lead, as Guadagnini edged closer to Hofer for third, while Mathys Boisrame stole a position from Beaton.
As Renaux chased down his teammate for the win, he tucked the front of the factory Yamaha and ended up crashing, losing around six seconds as a result, but managing to keep his second-place position.
Geerts was looking to make up for the tough first race as he chased Fernandez fifth and eventually was able to pass him to move up a spot, while Van de Moosdijk also sensed his opportunity to do the same as he took sixth from the Spaniard, and his teammate, Boisrame did the same a lap or so later.
Guadagnini then went down and lost out a position to Geerts which worked in Renaux’s favour for the championship, as Geerts continued his climb to the top with a pass on Hofer for third, making it a Factory Yamaha 1-2-3.
In the end, Benistant was the race winner with Renaux second and Geerts third. Hofer placed fourth, ahead of Guadagnini.
Mattia Guadagnini went on to take his second overall win of the season, with Maxime Renaux finishing second and Thibault Benistant securing his first MX2 podium, as he took to the third step of the podium.
Renaux continues to lead the championship by just two points over Guadagnini who is second, while Fernandez is third.
“The first victory is always the first, more emotional and a bit different but I’m so happy to be back on the top of the box,” Guadagnini said. “Today went really well, I did not have the best qualifying ride, but I got the holeshot in the first race and a win. It was not easy but for sure when you’re up front you can ride alone and nobody in front. So, I just managed to take the win and it was good. Then second race I had a good start again but then I was fourth and tried to push up again to pass Rene, then I had a small crash that cost me not so much time but I lost fourth position, I was fifth and then just managed to finish fifth and it was enough to take the overall, looking forward to Lommel”.
“Yeah, Lommel is not my favourite track, but I had some good memories. I can ride good in sand, not like last week, but normally yes. I am looking forward to race there and hope to be back on the podium for sure and try to be at my best as always”.
Racing continues next weekend with the MXGP of Flanders at the Lommel Circuit in Belgium.
MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:10.919
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:00.529
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.968
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:23.975
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:25.449
6 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:36.914
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Beta), +0:41.288
8 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), +0:42.728
9 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:42.842
10 Henry Jacobi (GER, Honda), +0:51.359
MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 33:52.869
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:04.369
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:07.715
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:10.589
5 Ivo Monticelli (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:23.625
6 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS), +0:26.110
7 Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:28.763
8 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), +0:30.342
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Beta), +0:35.811
10 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:42.162
MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 45 points
2 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40 points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 38 points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 36 points
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 31 points 6 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 28 points
7 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 26 points
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, BET), 26 points
9 Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KAW), 23 points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 19 points
MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 194 points
2 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 183 points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 177 points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 174 points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 151 points
6 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 143 points
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 140 points
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 119 points
9 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 109 points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 90 points
MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 33:59.915
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:02.658
3 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:04.761
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:06.004
5 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.003
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:10.874
7 Wilson Todd (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:16.754
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:18.361
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.869
10 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:23.062
MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), 34:24.942
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:05.680
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:06.643
4 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:17.657
5 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:23.405
6 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:30.773
7 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:32.142
8 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:38.924
9 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:46.604
10 Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:48.677
MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 41 points
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 38 points
3 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 37 points
4 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 33 points
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 32 points
6 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 29 points
7 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 29 points
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 27 points
9 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 25 points
10 Wilson Todd (AUS, KAW), 24 points
MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 179 points
2 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 177 points
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 165 points
4 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 149 points
5 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 146 points
6 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 142 points
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 140 points
8 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 137 points
9 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 132 points
10 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 114 points